Game Thread: Rest vs. Rust

CHARLOTTE, N.C.  — As I previously reported, the Hawks will rest four starters with another out due to injury versus the Hornets tonight. The moves come one day after the team clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Jeff Teague will miss a second straight game with a left ankle sprain. He was in the pre-game locker room getting electric stimulus. Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, Paul Millsap and Al Horford will all sit for rest as the Hawks have four games in five nights.

In their place, the Hawks will start Dennis Schroder, John Jenkins, Kent Bazemore, Mike Muscala and Elton Brand.

Here is what coach Mike Budenholzer said when I asked him about the decision: “I have a huge appreciation for our fans and how important they are. We don’t have anything without our fans. I empathize that there might be a conflict of interest. We are just trying to make decisions that put our players in the best position to have success, somewhat in the short term but much more in the long term with the playoffs. Being healthy is crucial. You see how important it is for every organization. Hopefully, there is some understanding. I know we appreciate and value how important the fans are to us.”

I spoke to several players about the issue and will post that in my game story later tonight.

I have heard from a lot of folks, especially on Twitter, on both sides of the issue. Are you in favor of resting the starters? Or are you more concerned with them losing their rhythm going into the players?


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